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Thoughtful Frida, Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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FRIDA KAHLO (1907 - 1954)

One of the most famous and enduring artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo’s unprecedented personal self-portraits and paintings continue to resonate with audiences. Her unique painting style embodies both the environment and arts of her native Mexico and leading contemporary art and theories of her time. Kahlo’s work directly deals with all aspects of her turbulent and exceptional life, from her complex marriage to the famed muralist Diego Rivera, to complications surrounding childbirth and the pain and difficulties stemming from injuries she sustained in a bus accident at the age of 18. Frida Kahlo was a larger than life cultural figure, known for her iconic look consisting of beautiful, traditionally influenced dresses and jewelry. Her appearance was matched by her quick wit and confidence, Kahlo was a contemporary of and celebrated by many of the most notable cultural figures of the 20th century including Lola Bravo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente Orozco, Andre Breton, Pablo Picasso, and Marcel DuChamp to name a few. Kahlo lived an outspoken life, her artwork, clothing, politics and relationships all existed in opposition to cultural norms and expectations and were in many ways ahead of her time. It is for this reason that she continues to be such an inspirational and relevant artist today, drawing attention from diverse audiences around the world.

Frida Kahlo: The Woman Behind the Legend | Iseult Gillespie | For more TED-Ed, visit ed.ted.com